Steamboat House Restaurant
8045 N Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77064
Fax: (281) 469-9129
Parking: Lot, Free
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, Steakhouse
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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03/11/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I had been to this resaturant several years ago and remembered it as very good. I was disappointed in both the quality of the food and the price. I had the crab cakes, which were ok, but not at that price. There was a lot of filler. The asparagus was tough ( I needed a knife to cut it). The service was very good, the atmosphere nice. Ffor the price, I woud go somewhere else. My signifigant other had a burger and said it had absolutely no taste and even though it was listed with the entrees, we were told it did not come with a salad. We were very disappointed overall.
02/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This was our first visit to this restaurant and it was an excellent experience. Service was superb and quick. Husbands glass of iced tea was never more than half empty as was my water glass.
We had the General's Salmon and Fried Green Tomatoes for the appetizer and both were excellent and very tasty.
I had the Bison Ribeye and husband had the primerib. Both steaks had great flavor and very tender. Cooked exactly to our specifications. Never tasted a primerib with so much flavor. Ribeye was just as good.
We were treated to a special desert for my birthday and it was so yummy, a scoop of ice cream rolled in crushed Oreo crumbs with chocolate and vanilla sauce.
Atmosphere was wonderful. We had a good time just relaxing and enjoying the special evening.
Pricing was a little higher than what we usually pay, but well worth it for any special occasion.
Definitely will be going back and would recommend it to everyone. Reservations are recommended for the weekends and special holidays.
My husband and I met some people for dinner one evening, and were excited to check it out since we are moving not far from there in another month. The restaurant is impressive looking from the outside and even more so on the inside. Once we made it past all of the fascinating historical Texas memorabilia our experience immediately went down hill. The young girl serving us was friendly, but entirely unattentive. I made the HUGE mistake of ordering the special, which was supposed to be blackened red snapper. It took 50 min. for our main course to arrive; thankfully we ordered an appetizer. My order looked a little odd, when they put it in front of me, but I was hungry and dove in to try it. For one thing, it's never a good sign when you need the steak knife when eating fish. Oddly enough it was cold, round and long like a pork tenderloin and nothing like a snapper filet, and curiously void of any flavor. I sent it back, which by the way is only the second time I've ever done that. The manager rushed out when informed to assist. I handed her the plate she gave my fish an odd look and then attempted to poke it with the fork. When she was unsuccessful she rushed it away and offered to bring me anything I'd like. I graciously declined since I now had a touch of a sour stomach (which got worse later that night, and Tums didn't fix it either) and shared my husbands steak and shrimp, which was alright.
Even his meal was a little reminiscent of Golden Corral. Eatible mind you, but not anything even approaching what you'd expect at a self proclaimed "up scale" Texas steak house.
My suggestion: Go in to the seperate bar area, enjoy a coctail or beer, paroose the Texas artifacts and then move on for dinner elsewhere!!
P.S. Shared the experience with a girlfriend who said she and her husband made the same mistake but when they went it smelled of open sewer inside. When they delicately questioned the waitress her response was, "Oh yeah, that happens from time to time."
Thank you very much for taking your time and sharing your experience. While we strive to exceed all guest expectations 110% of the time, we realize we will sometimes fall short. We are an individually owned private restaurant and are committed to utilizing our guest feedback as a tool to help us continue to grow and improve and better exceed the expectations of our guests. I would like to extend my sincerest apologies for your isolated poor expererince and also say sorry it has taken such a long time for you to recieve a response. I would love the oppurtunity to show you that this indeed was a very isolated incident and our quality of food has improved due to our continous commitment to only serving the highest of quality in food and drinks. We have just entered into our fourth year and are extremely greatful for the wonderful years Houston has shown us. In which time we have heard time and time again,"this is the best meal ive ever had" and we have made our way on to Tom Horans Texas' Top Ten Steakhouses three years in a row, we currently are number 5 and have made the list again for next year. And as for the sewage smell your friend experience we did have a gas leak that has since been repaired to eliminate the odor. Again thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, as always it was a great tool for us to use for improvement. Sorry again that we failed to exceed your expectations or simply meet them for that matter.
03/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The one star I award them is for the amazing historical Texas artifacts and art; absolutely facinating. Although the rest of the experience was the most disappointing I can recall. We met family for dinner, curious to try it out. I ordered the ""special"" which was Market ""fresh"" blackened red snapper. It was tough to the point of needing the steak knife, pale(although it should have been well seasoned and BLACKENED!) and completely void of flavor or taste. Oddly, it was also very thick and log shaped, like a pork tenderloin, not a red snapper filet. The cook even managed somehow to remove the naturally delicious flavor of the alleged snapper. After one bite, I for the first time ever, I sent my plate back and politely asked it be removed from the ticket. When I handed the manager my plate to take she gave it a confused look and tried to pierce the filet with the fork and was unable to. She was horrified rushed it away and sheepishly insisted on bringing me anthing else I might like, I politely declined. Others sampled steaks, soups, smothered chicken, etc. and all were disappointed, although they were able to hork theirs down.
Stop in for a drink at the nice sized, seperate bar area, admire the memorabilia and artwork and then move on to another spot for food if you have tastebuds!!!
02/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband & I went with another couple on Valentines Day. We loved the food & the history behind the place. I had the prime rib & my husband had the Davey Crocket filet, both were excelent. The service was impecable & the Managers were all over the place, we even had the pleasure of meeting the owner & his wife. We loved the place. Its nice to have a high quality place to go on the north side of town.
03/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I ate here before going to the Cirque du Soleil show so we were in somewhat of a time constraint. The service was nice and quick but that was about the only positive. The steak prices ($35 plus) would suggest one would get a nice piece of meat, however, both of our steaks were overcooked and tasted like hamburgers. Probably the worst steak I have had in Texas. The bill for two steaks and one glass of wine, plus tip was $90 and we could have eaten better at Saltgrass for half the price.
03/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I went to the Steamboat House last night after hearing all the rave reviews on the radio. I can only guess what they consider to be ""great"" food. The salad was room temperature, my tea glass was empty for at least ten minutes, and the waitress kept telling us our food would be right out for 15 minutes. We ate the specials of the day. His was a 20-oz ribeye ordered rare to medium rare that was cooked well done on the outside and medium in the middle. The steak was also very tough. I ate the mahi-mahi with asparagus and crab which came out cool with no seasoning. We did order the crab cakes as an appetizer and that was definitely the highlight of the meal. We had only tea to drink and still had a bill for $100 that was average at best. Needless to say, we will spend our money elsewhere. Upon leaving we were not spoken to by any of the wait staff - No thanks - No anything!!!
02/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I took my wife on Saturday night to celebrate Valentine's Day, figuring she would really like it after hearing about it on the radio, and the fact she is a Texas history buff. The only thing impressive about this restaurant are the Texas memorabilia and their overpriced menu. We took our number upon entering the establishment, and went to the bar for a drink while we waited for our number to show up on the display. A margarita and a beer set me back sixteen dollars! I overheard two other couples mumbling about their bar tab. Nearly an hour later(after being told there would be about a twenty minute wait) they tried to seat us at a small table stuck in an out of the way corner where we could not see any of the decorations in the room. We refused the table and waited another ten minutes while they prepped a new table with a view. Our waiter was friendly, but actually spent too much time yakking it up, when he should have been taking our order. The dinner salad and German potato soup were very good, however, when we told the waiter we were ready for the entre', it took over thirty minutes for them to show up. My wife ordered a filet, which even t ordered rare, was so under cooked she sent it back for more heat. I order a ribeye, medium rare, which showed up cooked well done on the edges, and medium in the middle. It was also one of the toughest $28.00 steaks I have ever had. All this and a bill for $81.00 to boot. You can rest assured we will look elswhere in the future for our Texas history and Texas beef. ScupperPro.
10/08/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We went for the first time to celebrate our anniversary (with parents and inlaws) and will never go back. Prices were high (steaks $25 - 40, with no extras) and except for the bread, which was very good, most of the food was so-so at best. Example: my wife had a steak that cost about $30, was small and not very flavorful. Their mushrooms ""side dish"" was a little cup of canned mushrooms for $4 extra. Othere dishes we had (chicken, shrimp, gumbo, etc) were OK but again, nothing special. Service was terrible. The restaurant was not crowded, but it still took almost 45 minutes to get our food (we think he forgot to put our order in, since after 30 minutes, he said it could be another 15 to 20 minutes because the steaks were ""thick"". They were not thick, and it doesn't take 45 minutes even to cook a thick steak. The waiter was generally was very forgetful, unfriendly, and even rude at times (like asking my father in law if that was ALL he was going to order when he ordered the gumbo). He also reached over people instead of moving to a closer position, and kept repositioning our forks to make them perfectly straight, like Monk, which made us very uncomfortable. We received no complimentary drink or dessert for anniversary as most fine restaurants do. We didn't even get a thank you or goodbye when leaving--in fact, no one was by the door as we left--we were just ignored.About the only positive thing was the decor, which was elegant and stately.But the overall atmosphere is not warm. You are in one large, noisy room. We were very disappointed. You can get better food, service, and atmosphere for lower prices at any number of other Houston restaurants.